Winter Weather Advisory

As winter plans another punch to the gut this week, we have a couple of announcements to make regarding winter weather at The Hope Center.

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First, if you are a ticket holder for our Ladies’ Auxiliary Dessert Gala event, please keep checking with us about the status of the event. As of this moment, we are still having the Dessert Gala. As we watch the weather reports and assess the situation, we’ll make the decision to cancel or not. If you have any questions regarding our Dessert Gala, please call 301.739.1165 or email


Second, if the wintery weather makes road travel dangerous, our donation trucks will not pick-up donations as scheduled. If you have items to donate and have already scheduled a pick-up for Thursday or Friday, our office will notify you if we are cancelling the pick-up for the day. If you don’t receive a phone call from our office, our trucks will be operating on a normal schedule. If, by chance, the storm does force us to cancel pick-ups, our office will work with you to reschedule a new pick-up time.

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Third, if you know of anyone who is struggling and could use some hot food, especially if schools are closed, please remind them that our Soup Line lunch is free and open everyday at 1pm. Even if our Thrift Store is closed, our kitchen stays open. Please spread the word to anyone who could benefit from hot food and good company. Our Soup Line is free for anyone of any age. Please be at our main building by 12:55pm for Soup Line.


Fourth, if you know of any man who is without housing or warm shelter, please bring them to our overnight facility. We provide free showers with toiletries and a comfortable place to sleep. We offer dinner and breakfast if the men are hungry. We don’t want anyone to be out in this horrible snow storm. Please refer them to The Hope Center or bring them to our facilities. Check-in for overnight guests begins at 5:30pm in our main residence building.

For any other questions about winter related cancellations, please call 301.739.1165 or email Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with any weather-related cancellations and other announcements.


So Much To Do! Mark Your Calendars

There are some great events coming up at The Hope Center over the next couple weeks. Activities for kids, women, couples, friends, and families. Check out some of the various events that are taking place.

For more info about any of these events, call 301.739.1165 or email us at a haircut 14-page1Koffee Klatch Advert-page1Football Party Invite 13Girls Night Out V2

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Ladies’ Auxiliary Dessert Concert

On February 15th, the Ladies’ Auxiliary at The Hope Center hosted a wonderful evening of music and delicious desserts.

This was the first such dessert concert ever hosted by The Ladies’ Auxiliary. Approximately 120 people attended the event. The event was an opportunity for the Auxiliary to raise awareness of the group to begin recruiting new members.

The Jacobs Brothers, a gospel singing group out of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, performed for the crowd. The Jacobs Brothers are well known in the Hagerstown area. They’ve been traveling as a group since 1962 and have produced more than 50 albums. During the concert, the members of the group shared their testimonies and encouraged the audience spiritually.

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In addition to the Jacobs Brothers concert, those in attendance enjoyed a buffet of delicious desserts. Colette Barnett created a wonderful assortment and selection of decadent treats like cream and fresh fruit tarts, mint chocolate mousse, sour cherry tarts, cream puffs decorated with dark chocolate filigree and mandarine, lemon meringue tarts, pecan tarts and salted chocolate caramel tarts. And yes, the desserts were as delicious as they sound!

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Everyone in attendance had a wonderful evening of music, spiritual encouragement and delicious treats.

We want to thank Colette Barnett and her staff for preparing the desserts. A lot of work and preparation went into this evening and we appreciate all that she and her faithful volunteers did to make the night special for all who attended.

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Our Ladies’ Auxiliary always has something going on! Upcoming events and fundraisers include the Easter bake sale on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30am-1pm at our Thrift Store in Hagerstown. And our ladies will be having a country ham sandwich sale on April 26th.

More information will be coming soon about both of these fundraisers so continue to check back or subscribe to this blog by entering your email address in the box on the right side of the screen.

If you would like more information about our Ladies’ Auxiliary or any upcoming fundraisers and events, please call 301.739.1165 or email You can also learn more about the Auxiliary by visiting